Islamist hostage-takers at a gas field near Amenas, more than 1,300 kms southeast of the capital Algiers, demanded a prisoner swap and an end to the French military campaign in Mali.(FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Islamist hostage-takers at a gas field near Amenas, more than 1,300 kms southeast of the capital Algiers, demanded a prisoner swap and an end to the French military campaign in Mali.
(FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hostage Crisis Draws Algeria Into Mali Chaos

January 22, 2013  •  From theTrumpet.com
 

Islamic militants who seized hundreds of workers at an Algerian gas plant have drawn Algeria into the ongoing Mali crisis. More importantly, they have provoked a stern response from Europe.

The raid at Ain Anemas, early January 16, was conducted by a militia calling itself the “Masked Brigades” or “Signers in Blood.” The group is affiliated with al Qaeda’s North African franchise, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (aqim), which is the terror entity that recently helped “liberate” northern Mali.

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